Sunday, March 30, 2008

2nd Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) 30 March 2008

This Homily (17 minutes) was given by Fr. Thomas at the 8:30 am Mass. Thomas the Apostle finds proof of Jesus' Resurrection and New Life in the wounds that have become a sign of God's Glory. This can be a lesson for each of us. Life is messy. Each of us, in our our way, is broken, flawed, and wounded. It is probably safe to say that not one of us is completely happy with the choices we have made, nor the hand we have been dealt. And yet the miracle of the Resurrection ensures us that alongside all the ugliness and hurt, the sufferings and disappointments, dwells a loving God who lives in us and is glorified by the good we are able to do even in our brokenness. Maybe Thomas can challenge us to do recognize the Lord in the imperfections in ourselves and others.

The Divine Mercy image shows Gods unfathomable mercy flowing from the wounded side of Christ the Lord. Jesus, I trust in You.

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Readings: Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 118; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Moring 23 March 2008

This Homily (11 minutes) was given by Fr. Thomas Weise at the 8:30 Sunday Morning Mass of the Lord's Resurrection. Isn't great to be alive?! Even when life drags us down, isn't it great to be alive. Because of the Lord's Resurrection we have become new creations. Our God loves us and desires us to be better than we are, we a called to live fully alive in God. The great witness is the empty tomb. We have many empty tombs in our lives, recovery from depression, etc... Jesus is risen, isn't it great to be alive! Happy Easter!

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Readings: Acts of the Apostles 10:34a, 37-43; Psalm 118; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-9.

Easter Vigil 22 March 2008

This Homily (12 minutes) was given at the Easter Vigil Mass by Fr. Thomas Weise. On this night wait in vigil for the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus. We remember the great love affair our God has with the human family down through history to today. We remember our own baptism in the the death of the Lord, so that we might rise with Him! In our remembering we are united to the saving work of Christ. Jesus Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed!

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Readings: Genesis: 1:1-2:2; Psalm 104; Genesis 22:1-18; Psalm 16; Exodus 14:15-15:1; Isaiah 54:5-14; Psalm; 30; Isaiah 55:1-11; Isaiah 12; Baruch 3:9-15, 32-4:4; Psalm 19; Ezekiel 36:16-28; Psalm 51; Romans 6:3-11; Matthew 28:1-10.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Good Friday 21 March 2008

This homily (26 minutes) was given by Deacon Charles Rohrbacher after the reading from the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John at the Good Friday evening service. As we remember the Passion of our Lord we are witnesses to God's unfathomable love for the world. It is "good" because we remember that it was this day the Jesus saved us from our worst selves. Nailing all our sins and brokenness to the cross. How will love others with the same passion that Jesus loves us?

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Readings: Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 31; Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Holy Thursday 20 March 2008

This Homily (12 minutes) was given by Fr. Thomas Weise at the 7 pm Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper. It was this night that our Savior instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice of his body and blood, and yet the Gospel of John connect the last supper with service in the scene of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. How will we act as servants for those in need so that we might make a thanksgiving to God? Our homework is to read the 6th chapter of the Gospel of John.

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Readings: Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14; Psalm 116; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-15.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Archbishop Francis Hurley's 38th 19 March 2008

This Homily (14 minutes) was given by Bishop Emeritus Francis Hurley on the 38th anniversary for ordination as a bishop. He was first ordained as the auxiliary bishop to the empty See of Juneau, with the charge to investigate if the Diocese of Juneau should remain an independent diocese. He recommended that it should, and continues to recommend that the Diocese of Juneau remain a Diocese and not be absorbed into the Archdiocese of Anchorage. He thanks the people of the Diocese of Juneau for training him how to be a bishop. Lots of good history of the Diocese of Juneau here, especially the being absorbed by anchorage issue.

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Passion (Palm) Sunday 16 March 2008

This Homily (22 minutes) is a the reading of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ from the Gospel of Matthew and a 50 second reflection on that. We can go to Mass every Sunday for our whole life and yet go to Hell for how we live our life on Monday.

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Readings: Matthew 21:1-11; Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22; Philippians 2:6-11; Matthew 26:14-27:66.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Chrism Mass 13 March 2008

This Homily (30 minutes) was given by Archbishop Francis Hurley. Thirty-seven years ago Francis Hurley was ordained the Bishop of Juneau, so this was a blessed homecoming. He talks about the Renewal of Priestly Service and the blessing of the oils. Priests are called to serve the people of God, to spend themselves in their service without counting the cost. The people of God are called to pray for the priests and their bishop. The oils are a rich and lasting sign of God's love and care for the People of God.

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Readings: Isaiah 61:1-3, 6, 8-9; Psalm 51; Revelation 1:5-8; Luke 4:16-21.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

5th Sunday of Lent 9 March 2008

This Homily (22 minutes) by Fr. Thomas Weise was given at the 5:30 evening Mass. Today Jesus raises Lazarus from the tomb. We are called to examine the graveyards of our own lives where we have buried our ex-friends, failed dreams, etc... Jesus calls us out of these tombs. He also needs our help calling those who are no longer active in their faith by to church. If we do not find our Sunday celebrations interesting and life challenging enough to invite others to them, then we all need to work on that. Let us together with Jesus "Roll away the Stone, and see the Glory of God!"

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Readings: Ezekiel 37:12-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:8-11; John 11:1-45.